Jun 23 2015

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series #55: The Ezekiel Smith Farmway Bridge in Melville

The 55th bridge in the series documenting the 60 bridges built by the Long Island Motor Parkway is the Ezekiel Smith Farmway Bridge, just west of Maxess Road in Melville.

The bridge was built in 1910 to connect the north and south sections of the  44-acre farm of Ezekiel Smith which was entirely bought by the Long Island Motor Parkway.

Because the abutments of this bridge are still standing, it is one of the most visited Motor Parkway landmarks.

May 1910 Survey

An outline of the farmway bridge was drawn on this 1910 survey. The bridge also connected the north and south sections of the John Baker properties.

1928 Motor Parkway Atlas

The notation on the Atlas read:

Total Area: 44.323 acres

Parkway Strip: 5.4 acres

Salvage: 37.923 acres

1928 Aerial

A spectacular aerial of Bethpage and Melville. The Motor Parkway  crosses approximately in the middle of the aerial.

A close-up shows the farmway bridge.

This watercolor may be the faarmway bridge looking west. The bridge copy reads: "No Parking West of Huntington Lodge."

1955 Aerial

The farmway bridge can be seen between the Broad Hollow Road Bridge and the Ruland Road Bridge.


In 2003, the bridge was covered with brush and the embankments were still intact.


The bridge was "preserved" in 2004 by the neighboring company Oxford Management.

The bridge after being cleaned. Courtesy of Art Kleiner.

The bridge after the embankments were removed. Courtesy of Art Kleiner.

The date on the bridge remains intact. Courtesy of Art Kleiner.


David and Sam Russo at the farmway bridge.

Check out  Wayne Consolla's online Motor Parkway map, to find the location of the Ezekiel Smith Farmway Bridge.


Jun 24 2015 Brian D McCarthy 7:03 PM

I haven’t been over this way in a while. With Dave and Sam next to one of the abutments, it’s size is impressive.

Jun 28 2015 Wayne 5:54 AM

Why is it called the Ezekiel Smith Farmway Bridge if it connects the John Baker properties?
From Howard Kroplick

Wayne, great question!  According to my favorite co-author Al Velocci,  Smith’s entire farm was purchased by the Motor Parkway to obtain the right-of-way. The farmway bridge was built to connect the north and south sections of Smith’s former farm so that the Motor Parkway could lease out the unused sections

Sep 22 2015 Hector Gavilla 7:32 AM

If you walk past the bridge you can actually see the original pavement from the Motor Parkway. They are building a new development there. I hope they keep the bridge intact. it’s fascinating.

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